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US, Egypt Broaden Engagement
Sunday, August 2nd 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Egyptian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, have launched talks on economic, regional security and other issues, as the two meet in the first U.S. - Egypt strategic dialogue since 2009. (Full Story)
Obama to Unveil Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions from Power Production
Sunday, August 2nd 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to unveil new regulations Monday aimed at cutting carbon pollution that comes from the nation’s power plants. The goal is for plants to reduce their carbon emissions by 32 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030. Individual states would be responsible for coming up with their own plans to meet the target. Those plans would have to go into effect by 2022. Obama unveiled a preliminary version of the regulations last year that would have started two... (Full Story)
US, Egypt Broaden Engagement
Sunday, August 2nd 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Egyptian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri, have launched talks on economic, regional security and other issues, as the two meet in the first U.S. - Egypt strategic dialogue since 2009.   The talks in Cairo Sunday, come at a time when Egypt is confronting growing terrorist threats in the Sinai Peninsula, some from militant groups that have claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group. “We all know that defeating terrorism... (Full Story)
PKK Suicide Bombing Kills 2 Soldiers in Turkey
Sunday, August 2nd 2015
Rebels from the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) carried out a suicide attack Sunday at a military police post in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 24 others. The local governor's office said the attack in Agri province, near the Iranian border, involved an agricultural vehicle packed with two tons of explosives. The bombing is the latest episode of increased violence between the PKK and Turkey, which began a series of airstrikes just over a week ago targeting the... (Full Story)
Egypt Postpones Verdict in Al Jazeera Case to August 29
Sunday, August 2nd 2015
An Egyptian court Sunday again postponed its verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists charged with supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. A judge said the verdict is now scheduled to come on August 29. It was originally expected last Thursday, but the court has repeatedly delayed the proceedings since Canadian national Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were arrested in December 2013. The three men were convicted more than a year ago,... (Full Story)
Researcher Who Studied Cecil Talks About Impact of Lion's Death
Saturday, August 1st 2015
When Cecil the lion's carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week. Conservationists decided the most natural thing was to leave the bones where they were for hyenas to finish off, said Brent Stapelkamp, a lion researcher and part of a team that had tracked and studied Cecil for nine years. Stapelkamp darted Cecil and put his... (Full Story)
Thousands of Israelis Protest Palestinian Toddler's Firebomb Death
Saturday, August 1st 2015
Thousands of Israelis protested across the country Saturday against extremist violence that left a Palestinian toddler burned alive and six gay rights marchers stabbed. "Flames of hatred have spread through our country," President Reuven Rivlin told a crowd of marchers in Jerusalem. "Flames of violence, of hatred, of false and distorted beliefs." The president said violence carried out in the name of the Torah -- the book of Jewish law -- is the antithesis of... (Full Story)
Kurd Leader Urges PKK to 'Withdraw' From Iraq’s Kurdish Territory
Saturday, August 1st 2015
The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan region called on the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) Saturday to “withdraw” from Iraq’s Kurdish territory to prevent civilian casualties during Turkey’s airstrikes. The PKK “should withdraw its fighters from the Kurdish region so to ensure the civilians of Kurdistan do not become victim of that fighting and conflict,” the office of the region's president, Massoud Barzani, said in a statement. The statement also condemned Turkey’s airstrikes against... (Full Story)
Trump Companies Sought Visas to Import Over 1,000 Workers
Saturday, August 1st 2015
Donald Trump is staking his run for U.S. president in part on a vow to protect American jobs. But this month, one of his companies, the elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida, applied to import 70 foreign workers to serve as cooks, wait staff and cleaners. A Reuters analysis of U.S. government data reveals that this is business as usual in the New York property magnate's empire. Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since... (Full Story)
Myanmar Leader Goes to Disaster Zones as Floods Batter Countryside
Saturday, August 1st 2015
Myanmar's president headed to devastated rural regions where a state of emergency was declared after deadly monsoon rains displaced tens of thousands of people, flooded swathes of rice paddy and prompted fears of dams collapsing. Thein Sein was due to arrive on Saturday at a military base in Sagaing Division, a major rice growing area where soldiers are coordinating a relief effort after a month of rain over all but two of Myanmar's 14 states. The storms and floods have so far... (Full Story)
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